L I G H T S E E K E R S
[Shooting Land & Seascapes]
Combining tranquillity and hopefully fortunate timing with singular concentration, creativity, technical approach and learning: shooting land and seascapes was my first real passion in photography.
Travelling and witnessing stunning new vistas motivated me to want to share these experiences with others, elsewhere. And ultimately, to take with me, that view, that scene, that moment.
It's pretty obvious that a great landscape image, to most eyes, usually starts with a striking landscape in reality. Therefore I tend to find myself shooting these images at places of immense natural beauty, places we very luckily have in abundance and close proximity on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. But wherever you are, a great landscape usually still requires a certain amount of fortune and timing, the clouds to light up the sky, or the clouds to clear and the storm to roll in for example. Not knowing what nature is about to do and often when it does materialise aesthetically, the speed at which it does so requires application of creativity and technical approach to capture the moment. Being captured whilst capturing, in concentration and awe, in that moment that will never again be replicated in the same way provides the ultimate sense of unwinding, the meditative unburdening.
Concentrating so exclusively on one subject or process cannot fail to clear your mind of the hundred or so things no doubt rushing through it elsewhere, if only for a few minutes. This can only be of benefit mentally, spiritually and usually, with this particular genre in mind, physically. It is no surprise to me that one of the more challenging years of my life also yielded the most rewarding images.
There can be no more readily produced and strikingly successful way of achieving the capture of that moment, than via the medium of photography and the single frame image. Photography can never truly, exhaustively recreate that moment. Encompassing the sights, smells and sounds, the company - or isolation - or the context of a particular scene. But photography can strive to recreate, as creatively, aesthetically pleasingly as possible, that split second, that dream like state, that moment, that I call: the Halcyon Daze...
And the Halcyon Daze of that moment is what I try and capture when shooting these images.
Now in terms of the concentration vs relaxation on the X and Y axis, I've spoken about this to people who say they can achieve the same thing through drawing, cooking and even cleaning and I totally understand this and like at least two of those things. But for me personally, a tidal pool at sunrise, a camera and a new composition wins every time.
- Post processing debate
An image I refer to as 'the turning point'. Scotland, late 2016.
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